Community Intelligence Brief: June 2, 2021

June 2, 2021

Intelligence Brief

Toronto Mayor Commits to Confronting Antisemitism Following Meeting with Jewish Community Leadership

In a powerful announcement today, Mayor John Tory confirmed he stands with the Jewish community against all forms of antisemitism. The statement was released following a special virtual meeting held yesterday between Mayor Tory - who was joined by Toronto Police Chief James Ramer and city councillors James Pasternak, Mike Colle and Josh Matlow – and Jewish community leadership. Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) President and CEO Michael Levitt and other Jewish community leaders spoke out about the rise in antisemitism and the impact it is having on Jews in Toronto.

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FSWC Files Complaint with Western University After Prof Says Jewish Zionist Students Should be “Boycotted and Sanctioned”

FSWC has submitted a complaint to the dean of Western University’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry after a professor stated that if Jewish students’ “culture is Zionism at the expense of the Palestinian people, they should be boycotted and sanctioned.” In a letter, FSWC stated, "Any suggestion that Jewish students, Zionist or otherwise, should be boycotted by the university or any other institution is outrageous and blatantly antisemitic."

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Toronto Jewish Groups See Increase in Hate Crimes

A trio of Toronto-based Jewish organizations - Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, CIJA and B'nai Brith Canada - have seen a spike in antisemitic incidents across the country being reported to hate hotlines this month. "It’s not business as usual and this is a time we need to be feeling support across all levels of government,” said FSWC President and CEO Michael Levitt.

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What We Know About How Many Children Died at Canada's Residential Schools

The distressing discovery of the remains of 215 Indigenous children at a former residential school in British Columbia has prompted many to question just how many lives ended at such institutions across Canada. Experts say the actual total number depends greatly on locating burial sites, many of which remain unearthed.

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Reissue of Adolf Hitler’s Mein Kampf Adds 2,800 Footnotes 'to Confront Nazism'

A new translation of Adolf Hitler’s racist, antisemitic book, Mein Kampf, has been released in France. This time it doesn't include his name on the cover and is filled with 2,800 footnotes and comments revealing all the inaccuracies and lies of his original 1934 version.

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Google Diversity Head Said Jews Have ‘Insatiable Appetite for War’

Google’s head of diversity strategy said in a 2007 blog post that Jews have an "insatiable appetite for war" and an "insensitivity to the suffering [of] others." The comments were part of a longer meditation from Kamau Bobb, now head of diversity strategy at Google, that also slammed Israel’s military actions in Gaza and Lebanon that same year.

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Isaac Herzog Elected Israel’s 11th President, with 87 Votes of Knesset’s 120

Isaac Herzog, the chairman of the Jewish Agency and former head of the Labor party, was elected Wednesday as Israel’s eleventh president after receiving 87 out of 120 votes, the most a presidential candidate has ever won.

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Report Antisemitism and News of Concern to FSWC

If you would like to report antisemitism or news of concern to Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, please email jaime@fswc.ca.

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